Veritas Music, Drama and Art
The Bible teaches that God is the source of all beauty, which, in turn, reflects God’s character. He has created this amazing world for His people to enjoy and, in response, to praise Him. At Veritas, we strongly believe that a vital part of true education is the appreciation of and participation in the arts.
Concert Choir (9th – 12th)
Veritas’s choir has a long tradition of excellence. Veritas School’s high school Concert Choir won State 2A/1A Championships in 2015, 2014, 2012 and 2011, and finished 2nd in State in 2013 and 2009.
Concert Choir is our award-winning high school performing group, directed by Sally Mehler. The choir not only competes at festivals and the OSAA State Choir Championship (coming in first in our division four times so far), but also performs at informal events locally and takes part in a four- or five-day tour each year.
Chamber Choir (6th – 8th)
Chamber Singers, also directed by Sally Mehler, is our middle school choir. They begin the school year with a team-building retreat, and sing at festivals as well as formal and informal local concerts.
The Chamber Choir is critical to the development of the Concert Choir.
Treble Choir (3rd – 5th)
Treble Choir is our upper elementary choir, directed by Marjorie Hegeman. They are a talented group of young singers who perform at many different events through the school year. The Treble Choir learns to serve, performing for the community at various functions and assisted living facilities.
The Veritas Theatre Program has a long tradition of excellence, putting on many notable performances over the years. Currently, the program puts on two productions a year involving 7th-12the grade students. In the program, students learn to delve into their character and to bring that character to life on the stage. In addition, the students enjoy bonding with their fellow actors and are educated in the process of putting on a stage production. Recent past productions include 1001 Arabian Nights, A Christmas Carol, 39 Steps, Sense & Sensibility, Sherlock Holmes, and Julius Caesar.
Studio Art Classes at Veritas
One of the many great things about Classical Christian education is that it values and embraces the arts along with all subjects in the academic program. Veritas students in kindergarten through eighth grade participate in weekly visual arts studio classes, and at the secondary level Art History students have hands-on project labs in 9th through 11th grade.
We think highly of visual art in education for several reasons. According to research, the arts contribute greatly toward stronger literacy, cognition, and social development. There is also a direct correlation between visual art, and both history and our Christian faith. In our school we believe that God maintains high standards for goodness, truth and beauty, and that art is for His glory. Students are trained to strive for quality craftsmanship while creating aesthetically pleasing works of art. This is accomplished through a steady exposure to the works of master artists, students’ own handmade projects, and occasionally some field trips to museums, galleries and various historical sites.
Elementary Art: Kindergarten through third grade students spend time learning basic art techniques, vocabulary, color theory and they receive a simple introduction to numerous master artists and their works. They learn to draw, paint, sculpt and do printmaking using a variety of media. At the upper grammar level (4th – 6th grade) we build on what was taught in the younger years by adding more complex techniques and uses of media. At this stage students delve a little deeper in the study of artists as they copy master works or create their own designs as they are inspired by viewing teacher demonstrations and master works.
Secondary Art: During 7th – 8th grade, students are given advanced drawing lessons with pencil, pen and ink, soft pastels and oil pastels. They review and incorporate the foundational Elements of Art (Line, Shape, Form, Color, Texture, Space, and Value) that they learned in the grammar stage into their own projects with more complex techniques, so that by the end of their 8th grade course they are able to recognize the Elements in other examples of visual art. During this stage students are introduced to more advanced compositional arrangements through Balance, Rhythm, Depth, Point of View, and Emphasis including an in-depth study on balance with symmetry and asymmetry. Students view teacher demonstrations and a variety of master artist presentations prior to exploring their own possibilities with given media, techniques and content.
In high school, 9th – 11th grade students take Art History that is taught in a chronological sequence, staying abreast with the same period of history taught in their Humane Letters courses. Periodically through each semester, they participate in art labs where projects tied to their history lessons are given. Some examples of this are paper mosaic designs paired to ancient art history studied during 9th grade; actual stained glass crosses made while studying gothic architecture in 10th grade; and hands-on printmaking combined with bookbinding during 11th grade art history lessons covering Albrecht Dürer and the Northern Rennaissance.